How Paris is tackling inequalities in its delivery sector

The issue of inclusivity in mobility is pressing on two sides. On the service side, systems are largely designed following ‘standard’ commuting routes which often fail to address the diversity of people’s needs, generating discrimination by omission. On the labour market side, jobs in the transportation sector are in majority occupied by men as, according to Eurostat, women make up only 22% of transport workers in Europe.

Working to address gender-related inequalities in the transport sector, the European project TInnGO set up a Transport Innovation Gender Observatory that explores transport not just as a way of moving people from one point to another, but also as a potential means for the creation of gender equality.

This ambitious work has been carried out by 10 National Hubs. These hubs provide a platform for stakeholders to engage in a constructive dialogue about gender inequalities, with the intention of creating a window for transformative policies promoting gender smart mobility across Europe.

The French Hub operates in the Ile de France Region (IDF), and its work is dedicated to women’s safety and security. The Paris region was chosen as a site for the Hub and as a living lab for pioneering solutions in transportation, mainly due to the high prevalence of harassment and perceived insecurity in public transport systems. The Hub is analyzing, exploring and developing different aspects of women’s mobility in the region of Paris, further focusing on alternative mobility services and their safety & security.

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